Mary Beard







Ancient Rome matters. Its history of empire, conquest, cruelty and excess is something against which we still judge ourselves. Its myths and stories - from Romulus and Remus to the Rape of Lucretia - still strike a chord with us. And its debates about citizenship, security and the rights of the individual still influence our own debates on civil liberty today. SPQR is a new look at Roman history from one of the world's foremost classicists. It explores not only how Rome grew from an insignificant village in central Italy to a power that controlled territory from Spain to Syria, but also how the Romans thought about themselves and their achievements, and why they are still important to us. Covering 1,000 years of history, and casting fresh light on the basics of Roman culture from slavery to running water, as well as exploring democracy, migration, religious controversy, social mobility and exploitation in the larger context of the empire, this is a definitive history of ancient Rome. SPQR is the Romans' own abbreviation for their state: Senatus Populusque Romanus, 'the Senate and People of Rome'.

Mary Beard is a professor of classics at Newnham College, Cambridge, and the classics editor of the TLS. She has world-wide academic acclaim. Her previous books include the bestselling, Wolfson Prize-winning Pompeii, The Roman Triumph, The Parthenon and Confronting the Classics. Her blog has been collected in the books It's a Don's Life [9781846682513] and All in a Don's Day [9...

kinda long-winded though…
What a book!
关于古罗马没有什么是Mary Beard不知道的!
学术态度严谨至极,每处历史都有迹可循,遇到模棱两可处更是绝不轻易下定论(不像谁臆想出的上下五千年?总之适合对罗马史有基本了解的人阅读,其实这本我读下来也多少有些吃力,毕竟当年信誓旦旦立了个不读完盐野七生全十五册罗马人的故事不去罗马的flag,结果到头来只坚持到了第三本(对不起 不过不管了就让不学无术的我先去意大利吃喝玩乐一圈再说💅
“For me, as much as for anyone else, the Romans are a subject not just of history and inquiry but also of imagination and fantasy, horror and fun.” “They called it, in their ignorance, civilization, but it was really part of their enslavement.” “Greece, once conquered, conquered her savage victor and brought culture into the rough land of Latium.”
2019年从罗马斗兽场的纪念品商店背回来的书今天终于读完了。之前看过Mary Beard讲解的关于罗马的BBC纪录片,可惜网上找不到了。